Retaining Wall Basics

eClub July webRetaining walls make it is possible to create a dynamic backyard retreat. Decorative and segmented wall stones make it possible to create naturally beautiful and durable walls reminiscent of handcrafted stone walls. Here are some things to review when deciding on your retaining wall.

Segmental retaining walls are classified in two ways: conventional or gravity and soil reinforced.

A conventional or gravity wall does not require soil reinforcement; it relies on the weight of the block, batter, setback and proper soils to resist the pressure of the earth behind it.

The primary advantage of a gravity wall is that the wall structure is narrow, requiring minimal excavation.

The maximum height of a gravity wall is generally two to three times the block depth (length from front to back). Taller walls require soil reinforcement and should be designed by a qualified, professional engineer.


Tom Murphy
Angelus Paving Stones
3435 S. Riverside Ave.
Rialto, CA 92316

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